Obituary Daniel Pollard

A funeral was held in Mosgiel for Daniel Pollard, age 33, on Tuesday 20 November 2012 when we farewelled a friend to historic heritage and building conservation.

Daniel was born in England and was an alumnus of Bay House School, subsequently attending the University of Portsmouth where he completed a Master of Science in Historic Building Conservation, specialising in historical conservation plastering. He came to New Zealand in 2005 and founded his own business, Historic Building Conservation, providing restoration and conservation services .

Restoration projects Daniel has been involved with as an expert plasterer and conservation specialist include the historic residence and museum, The Pah, for Auckland City Council, and the restoration of the octagonal Great Hall for Burnside Homestead, just out of Oamaru. Burnside’s owner, Bruce Albiston, reflected “Daniel stayed with us for six weeks while he painstakingly did repairing, stabilising and restoring of the deterioraton of 110 years. We will be forever grateful to Daniel for his labour of love and his accomplishment in and for our special historic place”.

Reinstatement of the ornamental facade to the Standard Building in Princes Street, Dunedin, for building owner Ted Daniels was a work in progress when Daniel was taken ill. The detail moulds Daniel created to complete the Standard are held by his family; before long, we can look forward to work recommencing on the lower sections of the building.
Refer link Daniel was Chair of the Otago Branch of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and brought to that role his own unique way of approaching heritage issues, locally and nationally.

We’ll miss Daniel’s passion for architecture and the built environment, his craftsmanship and expertise, and the sense of humour he conscientiously applied to activism and engagement with heritage politics.

Daniel is survived by his wife and best friend Victoria and sons Ethan and Leon.

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